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GAS LEAK DETECTION

According to Gas Safe Register, about one in six homes has a gas appliance that’s unsafe. In many cases, these have been purchased used or are older appliances. One of the top dangers of these appliances is gas leaks.

Gas leaks can be caused by poorly fitted lines and connections, faulty appliances, and appliances or gas lines that have not been properly maintained. Unfortunately, many gas leaks aren’t detected until they become a major problem, causing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or even gas explosions.

Gas leak detection is one way to find out if there is a small, or slow leak in one of your appliances or your gas lines that could be dangerous.

 

Ways to Detect Gas Leaks

There are a variety of ways to detect gas leaks, including:

  • The Smell Test: Natural gas is colorless and odorless. The reason you may be able to smell a gas leak is because a chemical called mercaptan is added to give it a noticeable odor. Most people think it smells like rotten eggs.  If you smell rotten eggs you may have a gas leak that needs immediate attention.
  • The Sight Test: An appliance that’s working properly should have a crisp, blue flame. If you see a yellow or orange flame you might have a gas leak. Additional signs of gas leaks are soot or scorched areas on the backside of appliance, pilot lights that won’t stay lit, or an excessive amount of condensation on windows.

Not all gas leaks are obvious. Two more ways check for these leaks are using an electronic gas detector or the bubble test. Gas detector can be expensive and may require some special knowledge to use them. The bubble test is performed by adding liquid soap to water then rubbing the solution onto gas fittings and lines. Leaks will cause the liquid to bubble.

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The Importance of Gas Leak Detection

Gas leaks can create dangerous conditions, including an unhealthy level of carbon monoxide that can become deadly. If you suspect that you have a gas leak, open all of the windows in your home, avoid striking matches or lighters, and call us to have a certified technician come to your Myrtle Beach home and inspect your gas lines and gas appliances.

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